Can a non violent crime felon own a firearm with the convictions more than 10 years old? 37 Answers as of July 09, 2013

Last conviction was more than 10 years ago and were non violent crimes. I have not been into trouble ever since.

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Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
It may depend on the exact felonies involved. You should hire an attorney to see if you can get permission to own a firearm.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/8/2013
Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law
Jules N. Fiani, Attorney at Law | Jules Fiani
Possibly. Yes.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 6/3/2013
Austin Legal Services, PLC
Austin Legal Services, PLC | Jared Austin
You are probably speaking of someone convicted of a "specified felony." That is a five-year waiting period from the time that all fines, costs, probation and/or imprisonment (if any) has been served and taken care of. Keep in mind that is Michigan law and there may be some federal laws that could prevent you from having a firearm. Consult with a federal criminal attorney for a more detailed response.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/27/2011
Beaulier Law Office
Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
No. Not under current Minnesota law.
Answer Applies to: Minnesota
Replied: 6/3/2013
Burdon and Merlitti
Burdon and Merlitti | Adam Van Ho
It depends on the crime that was committed. If the crime was drug-related, as a general rule the answer is no. If the crime was not an offense of violence, which is defined more specifically than most people think. If you are ineligible, there is a process in Ohio law where you can apply to have your ability to have a firearm reinstated (it's called "relief from disability"). You should speak to an attorney as to your specific situation and if applying for relief from the disability is an option.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Replied: 9/26/2011
    Dunnings Law Firm
    Dunnings Law Firm | Steven Dunnings
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 6/3/2013
    Healan Law Offices
    Healan Law Offices | William D. Healan, III
    No. You can apply for a pardon and ask that your firearm rights be restored, but you can not possess firearms unless the application is granted. If your felony was from another state or federal, you will need to follow the particular rules of that jurisdiction to see if anything can be done.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 6/24/2013
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    Not without a certificate of rehabilitation and a governor's pardon.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/24/2013
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    As long as you were not convicted of a felony, then you could own a gun. (There are some misdemeanor charges that will affect gun rights, but those only affect gun rights for ten years). .
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    Any person who (a) has been convicted of a felony under the laws of the United States, the State of California, or any other state, government, or country, may not own or have in his or her possession, custody, or control any firearm . (Penal Code 12021(a).) It is unlawful for any person who is prohibited from possessing firearms, to possess ammunition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Mitch Foster Law
    Mitch Foster Law | Mitchell T. Foster
    There are both federal and state penalties for a felon owning a firearm. The conviction needs to be set aside in order for you to be able to possess a firearm. There is a procedure for restoring gun rights in Michigan, but that does not prevent prosecution from the Federal government if they want to prosecute you.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    In Illinois, any felony conviction is not expungeable, no matter how long ago it happened. If it was for possession of marijuana or a controlled substance, was your first offense, and you got 1410 or 710 probation, which you successfully completed, you may get that expunged. Once it is expunged, try for your FOID card, you may get it. However, if convicted on a felony which is non-expungeable, you will never get an FOID card.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C.
    Craig W. Elhart, P.C. | Craig Elhart
    If there were no other restrictions, a felony more than 10 years old should not restrict a person from owning a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Office of Richard Williams
    Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
    It depends on what the non-violent convictionws were for. There are smoe convictions felony nd misdemeanor that forever reguire loss of right to own a gun. Check the statute on persons who are forbidden to own or possess a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Michael Breczinski
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    The answer is what you prvious record is, when you got off of probation or parole and what has been happening since then. This question can only be anwered by sitting down with an attorney so he can get all the facts in order to properly advise you. Yes you MIGHT be eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    You cannot own a gun if you are a convicted felon. The only people who should have guns are the police, but the gun lobby is very strong in this country.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick
    Law Offices of Karen Kilpatrick | Karen Kilpatrick
    You need to go through the clemency process. It's not automatic, there is an application process.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP
    Bensmochan & Poghosyan, LLP | Ruzanna Poghosyan
    A convicted felon can NEVER receive, purchase, possess or own a firearm, regardless of the classification of a felony and regardless of where and when the conviction took place.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Usually the State restrictions for a non violent felony will end in 10 years, but then you must comply with Federal restrictions which may or may not permit you to possess a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Office of Jared Altman
    Law Office of Jared Altman | Jared Altman
    I'm not an expert. But, a lot may depend on where the person lives.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/9/2013
    John Segelbaum, P.S.
    John Segelbaum, P.S. | John Segelbaum
    Not until you right to possess firearms is restored by a court of record.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/26/2011
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger
    Law Office of James A Schoenberger | James A Schoenberger
    Not without having your rights restored. It's simple matter for any attorney to do. You can do it yourself if you are up to it.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 6/21/2013
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    No. Under the 1968 Crime Act, the only way a felon can possess a firearm is if he or she has the conviction expunged, vacated and dismissed or some other form of court action restoring one's firearms rights. If you are dealing with a Washington conviction, I can possibly help you get that conviction vacated and dismissed and get your firearms rights restored. That way, you could also vote and hold public office; plus you can answer the question, "Have you ever been convicted of a felony" with a simple "No." That answer would be true because the law presumes a vacated conviction to have never occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    Probably. However, your right to possess a firearm is not automatic. You need to petition the court to have that right restored. Until you do so, you cannot legally possess a firearm.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law
    Donahue, Sowa & Magana Attorneys at Law | Glenn M. Sowa
    No you may not own or possess a firearm if you have been convicted of any felony in Illinois or any other jurisdiction. The statute itself does not have an exemption for length of time or nature of the felony. However, there is an appeal process available to the Director of the State Police if an application for a Firearm Owner's Identification Card has been denied. The felony must not be a forcible felony and more than 20 years old. If these factors are present, it's best to contact an experienced attorney to assist you in this appeal. In some instances, possession of a weapon by a felon may also be charged as a federal offense, with much more serious penalties than the Illinois statutes.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law
    Jonathan S. Willett Attorney at Law | Jonathan S. Willett
    There is a procedure to petition the federal government to have your gun rights restored. Contact the FBI.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 6/21/2013
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    No! You are violating Ca and Fed ex-felon with a gun statute. Do not own a gun and do not live where anyone has a gun.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    No, a felon can never own a firearm again once convicted.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 6/21/2013
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre
    Law Office of Jonathan T. Sarre | Jonathan T. Sarre
    No unfortunately once a felon always a felon. In fact, it is still a federal crime to own a firearm after having a state conviction for a felony even if has been expunged.
    Answer Applies to: Oregon
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Stevens Law Office, PLC
    Stevens Law Office, PLC | Ryan Stevens
    Every felony conviction causes many rights and privileges to be revoked, including the right to possess a firearm. Those rights can be restored, especially when the conviction is old and you have no new criminal offenses. I strongly recommend consulting with an attorney on how to have your rights restored.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 9/24/2011
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    Law Office of Maureen Furlong Baldwin | Maureen Furlong Baldwin
    No. You need to obtain a record clearance first and then a certificate of rehabilitation before disabilities of felony conviction are removed.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/23/2011
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    Just because it was a non-violent crime does not necessarily mean you can own a firearm. If the conviction was reduced to a misdemeanor, or if your rights were restored when you completed probation, then you likely can, but you will want to check with the county or probation office before owning one to be certain.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/23/2011
    Harden Law Offices
    Harden Law Offices | Leonard D. Harden
    No you must annul felony first Annulment is pretty easy.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 6/21/2013
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